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Who killed Lyra McKee

Who killed Lyra McKee

Derry provides the perfect microcosm for the shortcomings of the Northern Ireland Government; for the first forty years of its existence in the new state, a Nationalist majority, through political gerrymander, was governed by a Unionist minority. Its hinterland was County Donegal and, in the original concept for temporary partition in 1914, it along with Fermanagh and Tyrone would have been part of the new Irish Free State. Tory support for the UVF and Unionism ensured that the Walled City and its links to Orange Iconography remained within the Loyalist fold

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JOHN HUME , AN IRISH PEACEMAKER AND EUROPEAN STATESMAN by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

JOHN HUME , AN IRISH PEACEMAKER AND EUROPEAN STATESMAN by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

The European Union is the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution” – John Hume in the European Parliament, 4th of May 2004

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ECHOES OF A SCHOOL VISIT TO STORMONT

ECHOES OF A SCHOOL VISIT TO STORMONT

The gerrymander of Derry City by the Unionists , with the support of the Stormont Government, was the prototype for sectarian control of the State; despite being 70% Catholic and Nationalist, through blatant manipulation of ward boundaries, the City remained under Unionist control

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Annie’s Song – Eva Comrie

ANNIE’S SONG – for the women of Scotland It wouldn’t have mattered much had Annie Davidson McEwen been one of Dundee’s property owners in February 1918 because her vote would never have been used, she having died in the flu epidemic later that year. Her neighbours did

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Stealing Dreams by Eva Comrie

I was a 7 year old revolutionary when I learned my first few French phrases; ca va? je m’appelle; j’habite; je suis. Instantly hooked by the fantooshness, there commenced a lifelong fascination of the foreign and exotic. In P5 at Crieff Primary School I’d a wee notebook

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PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK The buck stops at the top; that is the accepted chain of responsibility and accountability in organisations, institutions and in life. Slobodan Milosevic,  David Duckenfield,  Ratko Mladic : what links these names is that all were indicted for unlawful killings which

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BRING SHAMINA AND HER SON HOME NOW

BRING SHAMINA AND HER SON HOME NOW

The ingrained instinct of politicians is to consider how any comment affects their career prospects and so Sajid Javid, an ambitious Home Secretary, immediately responded in Daily Mail speak

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OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

British civil rights – that’s what we were agitating and marching for in 1968. The demand was for the same citizenship rights   as those enjoyed in Carlisle or Exeter, Reading or Inverness.  With unemployment figures, ranked among the highest in Europe, local authority housing denied to the

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The buffoon who would be Prime Minister

The buffoon who would be Prime Minister

Gabriella clung tearfully to her mother’s arms,  terrified that these men again wanted to  take  Mum away .   The woman was Nazanin  Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the Iranian Police had arrived to return her to prison . She had been  granted temporary release to be with her  family and 

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WELCOME SORCHA

 Sorcha Óg You arrived Sorcha with the dawn on the fifteenth of June, another bairn for Scotland, a sister for Leo and Senan, a daughter for Jen and Neill , another grandchild, a   burst of radiance  in this gilded summer. Your Gaelic name means ‘light’ and you

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